Fri Apr 14 22:16:03 2000

I had a small bowel resection for intestinal obstruction due to crohn's disease in 1997. In Mar 1999 I developed obstructive symptoms and had another resection. Extensive adhesions were detected and repaired at that time, although they had not caused any symptoms.

In Sep 99 I developed obstructive symptoms. A barium xray showed a definite narrowing of the intestine at one point. However, xrays in Feb 2000 showed no narrowing. Last week I had the most violent obstructive attack I've ever had. My doctors suspect adhesions.

My question is: do obstructions due to adhesions in effect come and go, or are they continuous? What do they look like on a xray?

Jim from Milwaukee

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